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From her "meat dress" in the VMAs of 2010 to the countless haute couture dresses she has worn when promoting "A Star Is Born," there is no doubt that Lady Gaga knows how to make a fashion statement on the red carpet. But the oversized Marc Jacobs trouser suit he wore this week may be the most powerful so far.
The actress and singer attended the event "Women in Hollywood" of Elle magazine on Monday night with a power suit inspired by the 80s, a great departure from the glamorous appearance of Old Hollywood in which she has been photographed lately. In his speech to accept the honor of the night, he revealed that there was an intentional reasoning behind his gaze.
"I tried on dress after dress today preparing for this event, one tight corset after another, one heel after another, a diamond, a feather, thousands of beads and the most beautiful silks in the world," he said. Be honest, I felt sick to my stomach. And I asked myself: what does it really mean to be a woman in Hollywood?
"We are not just objects to entertain the world," he continued. "We are not just images to bring smiles or grimaces to people's faces, we are not members of a giant beauty pageant destined to be against each other for the pleasure of the public, we are women in Hollywood, we are voices. " "Thoughts and ideas, beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight when we are silenced."
Gaga noticed that designers like Dior, Raf Simons and Calvin Klein were in the mix, but none of their looks felt good for this event. "Then, after trying 10 or more dresses, with a sad feeling in my heart, that everything that would matter was what I wore on this red carpet, I saw an oversized Marc Jacobs suit buried quietly in the corner", she said, noting that there was some confusion between her team when she put it on. "This was a large man's suit made for a woman, not a dress, and then I started crying, in this suit, I felt like me today, in this suit, I felt the truth of who I'm right in my gut. and then, wondering what he meant tonight, it became very clear to me.
"I wanted to regain power, I'm wearing my pants today."
"As a survivor of sexual assault by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is not yet brave enough to say her name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned to an age very early to listen. "What the men told me to do, I decided today that I wanted to regain power. Today I put on my pants. "
The trouser suits occupy an important place in the history of fashion, beginning with the decision of Katherine Hepburn to put on a pair of pants and a jacket in "Woman of the Year", followed by a dress of power in the 80s, a through the dedication of Hilary Clinton to the previous election and always). As it was illegal for women to wear trousers in public as recently as in the 1940s, Gaga's choice of tailoring sends a message, loud and clear, about regaining control.
"I had the revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever," he said. "To resist Hollywood standards, whatever that means, to resist dress standards to impress, to use what really matters: my voice." He then revealed that he has dealt with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and trauma, or what he calls "a tornado of pain," and mentioned the importance of making mental health a "global priority."
Gaga finished her speech asking her companions to continue "raising their voices" and to speak for what is right.
"For me, this is what it means to be a woman in Hollywood, that is, I have a platform, I have the opportunity to make a change, I pray that we will listen, create and pay more attention to those around us who are in Need. .. Be a helping hand, be a force for change. "